LSU and BYU were expected to open their respective seasons Saturday in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff on Saturday at NRG Stadium, but BYU released a statement Monday announcing the game would be moved to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The move was made in reaction to the flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey. The game will still be played on Saturday and is still set to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET while televised on ESPN.
“First and foremost, we are keeping the citizens of the Houston region, and the thousands of first responders, in our thoughts during this very difficult time,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and events. “Over the last 72 hours, we have been in constant contact with all entities involved, including our partners at the Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, the SEC and both institutions. Ultimately, the decision was made to move forward with the relocation. Efforts are underway in New Orleans and we will work with the fans, the Superdome, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and both schools throughout the week to ensure the most optimal game day experience for all.”
The schools will announce updates on tickets information and other logistics as the week goes on.
“We are sorry for the disruption to BYU fans who purchased tickets and made travel plans for Houston,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “We hope many of you will be able to make necessary changes to join us in New Orleans to cheer on the Cougars. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people in South Texas who are currently facing the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.”